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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Fun facts

I Used to Know That is a fun and interesting book with many tidbits of information that can be used for a quick reference guide or to brush up a little on the major subjects of Math, Literature, English, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies.

Authors of c...
I Used to Know That is a fun and interesting book with many tidbits of information that can be used for a quick reference guide or to brush up a little on the major subjects of Math, Literature, English, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies.

Authors of classic literature, fractions, geometry, algebra, the skeletal system, periodic table, U.S. presidents, countries and their capitals, and planets are just a few of the topics covered in this jammed packed little book.

This is an entertaining book for those interested in trivia. It would also be good for quizzing school-aged children or to just remember facts that haven't been needed for a few years.

posted by timetravel on December 24, 2009

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A Good Overview of Facts You Used to Know

I Used to Know That by Caroline Taggart is a fun reminder of all the things you used to know. Covering history, religion, literature, science and nature this book is full of those little things you learned throughout your schooling years, but perhaps forgot.

As a ...
I Used to Know That by Caroline Taggart is a fun reminder of all the things you used to know. Covering history, religion, literature, science and nature this book is full of those little things you learned throughout your schooling years, but perhaps forgot.

As a teacher I can easily see myself getting this book and using it in the classroom as an additional tool for both myself and my students.

If you like random facts, and knowing a little bit about various subjects that this may be the book for you!

While there is a lot in here that I might not use it was a fun refresher.

posted by HMY on December 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Amusing.

    Very handy guide to have around.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    And what do I still think I know

    I skimmed a few pages to determine it was a fast light read. I found a fun little book that takes you back to school in a light easy manner. As a middle school math teacher though, I skipped hurriedly to the chapter on math. And I found many of the important topics with several of the most common errors students make when they try to put very precise technical terms into their own words. For instance, Caroline (as she refers to herself) tells us you must take 7 from 9, implying we can't take 9 for 7 as many elementary children believe because they have not yet encountered negative numbers. Or the definition of isosceles triangles as having 2 sides of equal length instead of 2 or more such sides. Or thinking the area of any four-sided figure is length times width that holds only for squares and rectangles. The parallelogram has an area equal to the length of the base times the height, which is critical to understanding the area of triangles and later trapezoids. Then there was the error made by writers who try to use words they don't understand. Transcendental numbers are seldom discussed in middle or high school; that's a topic in college math. Did Caroline take that college class or look up a term she thought she remembered so she could write about it. Caroline probably remembers trying to learn about irrational numbers, those numbers like pi that go on forever and never repeat like the square root of 2. Pi is transcendental too but few would ever learn that. Irrational numbers do solve some equations, unlike transcendental numbers that do not solve algebraic equations. Few of us even need to know about transcendentals but irrational numbers are important in many situations. They certainly blocked the development of the ancient Greeks growth in mathematics. I stopped to write this review when I found the tiniest typo in the section on solving three simultaneous equations. The work and answer are correct but there is a minus sign instead of a plus sign when the third equation is subtracted from the sum of the first two. Thus, I'm worried about reading the other chapters as my own MISunderstandings of other topics may get better solidified, if they are reinforced.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    Fun to read

    I guess i had forgotten alot more than I thought!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Reminders for Adults

    Just the right title. Lots of trivia and Used to know things from our school days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Interesting book

    Fun book. Could be used as a reference book if basic overview is all you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Some I don't think I ever knew.

    Not a bad little book. The history section was very interesting and I think I learned something. I fastforwarded through the math section because if I ever did know that stuff, I don't know it now and don't want to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Encyclopedic

    Would be great as a refresher for anyone taking college entrance exams. Covers everything from the parts of speech to the planets. A bit dry in places but overall, a nostalgic look at things we learned in high school. C+

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